If you’ve ever hated your coworkers enough to fantasize about the supremely disturbed things you’d do to them if consequences didn’t exist, you may or may not commiserate with James Carroll Butler. In 2009, Butler used an empty soda can to scoop urine from a toilet into the office coffee pot.
Butler worked at a water treatment plant with Michael Utz. One day, when Utz went to make coffee, he realized there was already a special brew waiting for him. While office coffee often tastes vaguely of urine (I imagine), the stench and color were a dead giveaway. He told his supervisor (tattletale), who tested the liquid at a lab. The results tested positive for both urine and feces, a veritable cornucopia of toilet treats.
Butler confessed to the crime the next day, in a letter that read, “I done something I am very much ashamed of to a coworker for [reasons, which are] stress-related [and] things going on in my life on and off the job. I am very much ashamed of my stupid and childlike behavior.” While most of us are happy gossiping behind our coworkers backs, Butler was looking for some real revenge.
Butler was forced to pay $5,001 in damages, along with the year-long prison sentence he received. Unfortunately, it was nowhere near the $728,000 Utz wanted. Well, at least Utz can afford Starbucks for the next year, a benefit Butler won’t have in prison. Butler was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and was fired from the plant, where he worked for 17 years. That’s definitely an awkward “reason for leaving.” Best of luck explaining that on future job applications. So, next time you’re bemoaning the disgusting coffee in your workplace, be thankful that it’s not chock full of urine. I just want to know what Utz did to piss Butler off.
[via Daily Progress]